doug liman impulse interview

2008’s Jumper made money, but there was never a sequel, even though author Steven Gould continued writing novels. Jumper director Doug Liman decided to go back to this world by adapting the third novel, Impulse, for YouTube Premium.

Impulse stars Maddie Hasson as Henrietta, a high school student in a blended family. When the school jock Clay Boone (Tanner Stine) sexually assaults Henry, she teleports out of his car, crushing the car in the process and leaving Clay in a wheelchair. The town believes it was a hit and run, but as Henry continues to teleport, her stepsister Jenna (Sarah Desjardins) and classmate Townes Linderman (Daniel Maslany) try to help her figure out her powers.

Liman spoke with /Film this week about revisiting the world of his 2008 movie and how different he wanted Impulse to be. He also gave an update on his Edge of Tomorrow sequel, Live Die Repeat and Repeat. The first season of Impulse is available on YouTube Premium right now.

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Cannonball Run Remake

The 1981 film Cannonball Run followed a cavalcade of stars like Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farah Fawcett, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Adrien Barbeau, and Dom DeLuise as teams of people who enlist in an illegal cross country race called the Cannonball Run. The teams pull no punches when it comes to winning, and that includes sabotaging each other along the way. We’ve been hearing about a Cannonball Run remake for years, and now it might be back on track with a new director. Read More »

Audiences may not exactly be jumping for a spin-off to the poorly received 2008 sci-fi film Jumper. And they may be even less excited to learn that the series will land on YouTube Red, the streaming subscription service that is still struggling to break in. But after the critical success of YouTube Red’s Cobra Kai, and Jumper and Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman throwing his weight behind this spin-off, Impulse may actually be worth a watch.

The first Impulse trailer shows us the new, moodier take on the franchise based on the novels by Steven Gould. And despite its spin-off label, the series looks wholly original.

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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we catch up with Doug Liman’s latest project, watch a documentary about people who keep your smut off social media, watch some people take a stand against the man, go on Spring Break and quickly figure out why some people are sexually broken, slow it down to watch a mother and son grind out a very lonely existence, and catch up with 90’s pop rock sensation, Belly. Read More »

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In this edition of Sequel Bits

  • John Wick 3 has a working title!
  • Stallone teases Expendables 4 yet again.
  • Tom Cruise shows off some more crazy Mission: Impossible stunts!
  • A new Fantastic Beasts sequel photo!
  • Doug Liman might make Edge of Tomorrow 2 next!

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The Bourne Identity

The Bourne film series may have come to outstay its welcome today, but 15 years ago, The Bourne Identity was a plucky spy thriller starring a rising dramatic actor making his first venture into the action genre.

Without high expectations for the film, director Doug Liman and star Matt Damon debated giving The Bourne Identity a dramatic twist — by killing off its title character at the end of the film. Clearly, that did not happen, and Jason Bourne went on to become the quintessential cinematic spy of the 21st century.

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American Made Bill Clinton

An actor playing a young version of former President George W. Bush has a brief cameo appearance in American Made, the newest film from director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow), but the filmmaker’s drug smuggling period piece very nearly included an appearance from another former president. According to a new report, Bill Clinton was nearly depicted getting a lap dance in an Arkansas strip club. The Tom Cruise movie establishes a small Arkansas city as a hub of the Columbian drug trade, and Clinton was the state’s governor at the time.
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Doug Liman interview

Filmmaker Doug Liman and superstar Tom Cruise have a good thing going at the moment. After making one of the most enjoyable popcorn movies in recent memory, Edge of Tomorrow, the two started working together on a few projects, including their latest film, American Made. As he did with Edge of Tomorrow, Liman focused on bringing out more of Cruise’s comedic chops with the rise-and-fall tale that’s based on a true story.

As Barry Seal, Cruise plays a happy-go-lucky, adventure-seeking pilot who doesn’t give much thought to consequences. The actor makes the character an enigmatic, empathetic, and highly-skilled goof, someone who’s easy to root for even when he’s making a lot of bad decisions. Seal has a surprising amount of charm – something Cruise can deliver in spades.

When we recently spoke with Liman, the filmmaker behind The Bourne IdentitySwingers, and Go gave us a little insight into his relationship with Cruise, his interest in Barry Seal, and the adventure and uncertainty he desires with each project. Below, check out our Doug Liman interview.

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It’s been five years since director Drew Goddard‘s The Cabin in the Woods came out. Now, the screenwriter behind The Martian is getting ready for his sophomore effort behind the camera: Bad Times at the El Royale, which is a great, distinctive title. For his next movie, he’ll reunite with one of his stars from his debut film, Chris Hemsworth, who will star alongside Jeff Bridges in the 20th Century Fox project.

Meanwhile, David Oyelowo (Selma) has boarded the next film from director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), Chaos Walking.

Below, learn more about Goddard and Liman’s next films.

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Jumper TV show

There are now not one, but two Jumper-related shows in the works right now. The director of the 2008 film, Doug Liman, is revisiting author Steven Gould‘s world with a Youtube Red Series. Whether Liman’s series, titled Impulse, has any relation to his critically panned sci-fi film is unknown, but the Jumper series starring Jamie Bell will. The star of The Adventures of Tintin and AMC’s TURN: Washington’s Spies may reprise his role as Griffin, who was one of the original film’s bright spots.

Below, learn more about the newly announced Jumper TV show.

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